The Moulin Rouge was the latest Broadway musical to be cancelled due to COVID as audience members already seated for the show were abruptly told to leave on Thursday night.
The sudden cancellation was due to a ‘late in the day positive test result in the company,’ a spokesperson at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre told the New York Post.
The Moulin Rouge was one of the few performances that were still open in New York City amid the recent surge in COVID-19 and the Omicron variant and triggered disappointed attendees to recall the days of mass pandemic shutdowns last year.
Disappointed fans tweeted out pics of the Moulin Rouge emptying on Broadway Thursday night after a member of the production reported testing positive for COVID
The Moulin Rouge musical was one of the few shows still going amid the recent COVID surge
Hamilton, Harry Potter and other Broadway shows have been cancelled due to COVID
Audience member Mark Sanderlin tweeted, ‘Wowowow. Moulin Rouge just canceled the performance tonight while we were already sitting in our seats at curtain time due to positive Covid cases Welcome back to March 2020.’
Another sour fan with the Twitter name Georgette said that she was able to win lotto tickets for the Moulin Rouge performance and was let down by the cancellation.
‘We sat in our seats waiting for the show to start. It was late so I knew something was wrong,’ Georgette tweeted.
‘They cancelled the show tonight right before it started. Wear your mask and get tested.’
A Twitter user with the name Carol complained about why the show couldn’t be carried on without the person who tested positive.
‘Grab an understudy and move on,’ she wrote. ‘People have made plans and traveled to see the show. Canceling is not necessary.’
Fans said they were let down by the cancelations and reminded of the 2020 shutdowns
With the Moulin Rouge cancellation, Broadway is facing a major crisis ahead of the holidays after some of its most popular shows, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, announced a wave of cancellations due to COVID-19.
It comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the US, with the nation reporting 141,205 new cases in the past day and 2,167 new deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
Only about 62 percent of eligible Americans are currently vaccinated against COVID, and US Omicron cases also jumped by a third overnight, from 241 on Wednesday to 319 on Thursday.
The number of people testing positive in New York also has doubled in three days, from 3.9 per cent of all swabs coming back positive on December 9, to 7.8 per cent on December 12. More than four-fifths of New York.
Bill de Blasio’s senior public health adviser Dr. Jay Varman, a Cornell epidemiology professor, tweeted the news, saying: ‘Um, we’ve never seen this before in #NYC. Test positivity doubling in three days.’
A total of 81 per cent of New Yorkers are fully-vaccinated, and 18.5 per cent have received their booster shots – but a worrying new study from Columbia University suggests that neither may be sufficient in protecting from Omicron.
Ain’t Too Proud, Ms. Doubtfire, Freestyle Love Supreme and Wicked have also had to cancel upcoming performances due to positive COVID cases among actors and production crew.
Today’s performances of the Tina Turner jukebox musical were canceled ‘due to the detection of a limited number of positive COVID test results within the Broadway company.’
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced its Wednesday matinee show would be canceled for the same reason, though the evening performance was upheld due to the late notice sent out that afternoon.
The Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, which temporarily closed following the March 11, 2020, performance due to the pandemic, also announced its decision to shut down shows on December 11 and 12, according to Playbill. down its shows this weekend on
In each announcement, the companies justified their decisions to cancel by sharing that the shows would not continue ‘out of an abundance of caution.’
Broadway is facing a major crisis ahead of the holidays after most of its shows canceled upcoming performances due to surges in cases among cast and production staff
Several shows on Broadway have announced cancellations this week, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Freestyle Love Supreme, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Broadway slowly began to come back to life following a year and a half since the start of the pandemic, effectively shutting down New York City’s vibrant theater district.
‘When you think of New York City…it’s the capital of arts and culture,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Broadway’s reopening in September. ‘People love Broadway. When Broadway is up and running, it says so much about New York City. And tonight, a lot of Broadway is coming back…You can feel the life of the city coming back.’
However, soon after productions began to welcome back audiences at full capacity on September, 14, they were either quick to pause operations once more or go on and feel the financial realms of the pandemic on the live performance industry.
Aladdin was one of the first shows to cancel performances on September 29, only a day after crowds were finally able to purchase tickets again. Another show, Chicken and Biscuits, quickly followed suit and even closed early due to the financial burdens of the pandemic.
Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Broadway’s reopening on September 14, saying ‘You can feel the life of the city coming back,’ after shows could go on once again
Shows began to welcome back audiences at full capacity on September, 14, before the Omnicron strain of the coronavirus hit the U.S.
Audience cheer for the actors at the Richard Rogers theater at the end of the first return performance of Hamilton as Broadway shows begin to re-open to live audiences after being closed for more than a year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
Ms. Doubtfire, the musical, was making its first appearance on Broadway before announcing that it would cancel some of its upcoming shows for the foreseeable future
The cancellations have not only proven to be frustrating to audiences, but also expensive to producers, who have already been struggling to make a profit in an industry, where more shows are destined to make a loss than succeed, even before the start of the pandemic.
For a show bringing in $1 million a week, each canceled performance would turn to a loss of about $125,000.
Cancellations on weekends are even worse, due to the common-trend of more filled up rooms on those days. Cancellations around the holidays also come at a higher cost due to Broadway traditionally a surge in audience numbers.
Broadway’s second longest-running show ever, Chicago, and Wicked have also ceased ticket sales after cancelling shows over the last couple of months due to cases of COVID-19 among members of both production companies.
In response to local guidelines imposed by city officials, Broadway imposed strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
For the most part, only fully vaccinated crowds can attend shows, and masks are required to be worn inside theaters. All employees and performers are also required to be vaccinated.
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